The Journal of Latin American Studies just published in its first issue of volume 45 (February 2013) a review of the book The Great Gap: Inequality and the Politics of Redistribution in Latin America, in which Adriana Portugal (Tribunal de Contas do Distrito Federal), Sergio Sakurai (FEA-USP/Ribeirão Preto) and myself have a chapter.
The book analyses the delicate balance between politics and inequality in Latin America.
The review was written by Prof. Anthony Hall from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Regarding our contribution, the author states:
“Bugarin and colleagues use an econometric model to explore how, in the case of Brazil at least, inequality raises electoral campaign costs, making politicians dependent on contributions from the wealthy, and helps perpetuate corrupt practices (as illustrated by the infamous mensalão scandal).”